Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Services

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Services

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Early childhood settings, including primary schools, operate by using site-based management practices that rely heavily on participation by teachers, staff from all levels of the organisation, and parents. Early childhood teachers need excellent leadership and management strategies to participate effectively in group decision-making for the development of high quality programs and services. They also need an understanding of how management structures impact on programs and service provision. This understanding, together with a high level of personal power, helps individual teachers influence and lead decisions about what happens in early childhood settings.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
    1. Describe and analyse the essential aspects of being a successful leader in early childhood settings which incorporate the principles of working in a team.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of organisational systems and structures that support the development of professional teams and sound and ethical management of early childhood services in selected settings.
    3. Identify appropriate management strategies including conflict resolution and problem solving techniques for successfully working in early childhood contexts.
    4. Identify effective strategies for developing and implementing policies that guide the roles and responsibilities of professional teams.
    5. Provide evidence of attaining acceptable standards of academic, professional and personal spoken and written English language literacies relating to this unit.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit will be studied through guided readings, personal research and writing, and collaborative learning activities. Weekly lectures and tutorials for internal students and internet resources for external students, will promote discussion, questions and problem-solving. You can make contact with the lecturer using telephone, fax and e-mail. You will be required to build on your information literacy and communication technology skills to resource and apply knowledge introduced in the unit.
    Assessment name: Project (research)
    Description: Case study. You will research and present an analytical case study that describes and analyses the structure, leadership, management and policy processes of a selected early childhood context.
    Length: 2000 words
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Both
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid-Semester
    Assessment name: Project (applied)
    Description: Applied leadership and management task. You will have a choice of topics from which you will undertake a specific leadership and management task.
    Length: 2000 words
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Both
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End-Semester

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